The Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (OFJ) will offer today, Thursday at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 at 12:30 p.m., the last two concerts of the third season of this 2022, at the Teatro Degollado. The presentations directed by maestro José Luis Castillo include a program with works by Brahms with the OFJ and works by Beethoven where the Mexican pianist Jorge Federico Osorio, one of the most important contemporary musicians in the country, will participate as a soloist.
The OFJ will close a season in which it alternated with presentations in the public space of various municipalities of Jalisco, with two concerts in which it includes Johannes Brahms' Symphony number 3 to start. Later, the pianist Jorge Federico Osorio, will interpret Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto number 4, a work of great importance in the history of musical works.
“It is always a great joy to come to Guadalajara to play and a very happy occasion to play with the OFJ and with maestro Castillo. We had a fairly intense rehearsal (yesterday), and what I liked is that we had plenty of time to prepare the concert, which is the important thing, ”he shares in an interview with EL INFORMADOR.
“What I am looking for is that when the public comes, they are not thinking about whether (the musicians) prepared themselves or not, just that they can come and fully enjoy the music, which is what really matters to me. This time it is the closing of this year's season and it is also the homage to Brahms and Beethoven. I will play as a soloist for Beethoven's Concerto number 4 for piano and orchestra, a work that was also very revolutionary at the time, since at that time, concerts traditionally began with the orchestra alone and then the soloist appeared; in this concert, Beethoven totally changes the roles and it is the piano that begins the work”.
Regarding the challenge of interpreting Beethoven for this evening, he highlights that it has to do with the search to develop a special moment, “within the score it is to delve into Beethoven's ideas with total respect for the music. So, the challenge is (to see) how as a performer at this moment I can offer this work with spontaneity, beauty and depth”.
Regarding the collaboration with conductor Castillo, he points out that for many years they have already worked with a varied repertoire, "it has always been a treat to play with maestro Castillo", he points out that he admires his respect for music, "both we start from there and because it is what matters to us, in addition to the fact that we personally get along well”. He finally expresses that in 2023 he will continue to perform in other cities in the United States and Mexico.
Who is Jorge Federico Osorio?
The musician is one of the most important Mexican pianists. He has been a soloist with the world's leading orchestras, under the baton of conductors such as James Conlon, Eduardo Mata, Bernard Haitink, Klaus Tennstedt and Lorin Maazel. With more than 50 years of artistic career, he is recognized throughout the world for his technique and absolute mastery of the piano. He received the Fine Arts Medal for Artistic Merit, the highest honor conferred by the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico, as well as the Doctorate Honoris Causa in Fine Arts from the Universidad Veracruzana.